The Escape Story
our corporate values
|Education||We encourage the imagination, enthusiasm and collaboration of employees as it creates unlimited potential resulting in sustainable financial performance and profitability.
|Solutions||We take pride in achieving outstanding results in all that we do.
|Caring||We build enduring relationships with our users, business partners, and communities by providing creative solutions and delivering exceptional service.
|Adaptable||We embrace change by being flexible, proactive and decisive in a constantly changing environment.
|Passionate||We behave ethically and respectfully, while holding ourselves accountable for our actions and performance.|
|Expertise||We assist, support and reward personal and professional growth. We value our industry experience and the knowledge of our customers' business operations.
It all started in 1985
Our company began in 1985 as a custom application software developer. In 1988, we selected education as the market around which we would build the company. Our mission was to develop state-of-the-art software applications for the business departments of educational organizations.
By 1991, we had 200 implementations
During the period of 1988 through 1991, we implemented nearly 200 Escape modules in districts throughout California. Districts of all sizes–from the large San Francisco U.S.D. to some very small districts–became more productive and efficient with Escape systems.
We succeeded because Escape applications really understood what users did on a day-to-day basis, and were responsive and easy-to-use. We were the first vendor to implement client/server type applications, utilizing PCs as intelligent desktop clients.
During this same period, we entered the planning phase for our next step – the development of integrated financial, personnel and payroll systems.
In 1994, several districts began using Escape-Personnel/Position Control. In July of 1995, the first live payroll check generated using Escape-Payroll was printed. This completed another important chapter in our plan. We now had a completely integrated suite of business applications for education.
Then, in 1998, Escape took only a record-breaking two months to put Sacramento City U.S.D.—the state’s sixth largest school district—live on the Payroll system!
The new Century Begins: Escape Online
In 2001 we set a bold new course, a “fresh start” project, developed from the ground up as a County Office of Education system. We utilized Microsoft’s .Net development platform and SQL Server as the database. We partnered with our two COE customers, who had implemented our DOS system for their districts. No shortage of feedback there! We also had a number of other COEs advising us to create the “ultimate COE school business system.”
We named this system Escape Online 5.
In 2007, we went live at Placer COE and their 25+ districts – the first new county-wide implementation for Escape Online.
With a single database, scheduling and distribution features, Escape Online 5 brings power and flexibility to COE processes, oversight and reporting. Multi-district operations, setup and support has never been easier.
Small and Large Organizations
We are proud to have our integrated systems operational in school districts, county offices of education and community colleges.
But, just as important as having very large customers, we have many notable successes with smaller organizations as well. Our XCOE offering provides the hardware, software and IT staff to run Escape Online 5 for counties with less than 15,000 ADA.
live Operations in california
Seeing our growth skyrocket, in 2008 we incorporated Project Office into our operations and implementation strategies. With a single connecting point for project resources, coordinating project activity across the enterprise enabled project teams to function more effectively.
With Project Office leading the way, we are the number 1 provider of school business software in the State of California.
Escape Online 5 is a proven winner in a production environment, used on a daily basis.
Leading the Pack
Working closely with our customers via focus groups, user conferences and collaboration days, we have aggressively improved performance and introduced new features. With new management and procedures in place, we have rolled out the Employee Online portal and shopping cart technology and human resource authorization notifications and approvals.
But we aren’t done yet! We are continually accepting suggestions from customers, prospects and our very own Customer Care staff.